THIS MONTH IN HISTORY – AUGUST

Below please find a list of significant historical events that have occurred during the month of August.

August 1, 1838 – Slavery in Jamaica, which had been introduced by Spain in 1509, was abolished.

August 1, 1944 – Fifteen year-old Anne Frank, who was fated to be captured by the Nazis three days later and killed at Bergen-Belsen, wrote her final entry into her famous diary – “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be if … there weren’t any other people living in the world.”

August 2, 1776 – Most of the 55 signatories to the Declaration of Independence signed the original document (not on July 4, as is commonly believed).

August 2, 1923 – President Warren Harding died suddenly and was succeeded by Calvin Coolidge.

August 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain seeking the elusive Northwest Passage to Asia. Do you remember the names of the three ships in his convoy? See below.

August 5, 1583 – Explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert founded the first British colony in North America in present-day Newfoundland.

August 5, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an emergency war measure to levy a 3% income tax on income in excess of $800.

August 5, 1962 – Actress Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson), symbol of Hollywood glamor and sexuality, was found dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.

August 6, 1945 – The US drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians, destroying the city, and hastening the end of WWII.

August 6, 1962 – Jamaica achieved independence, ending some 450 years of colonial rule first by Spain and then by England.

August 6, 1965 – President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.

August 7, 1964 – Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which provided legal “cover” for the US’s entry into the Vietnam War.

August 9, 1945 – The US dropped a second atomic bomb (on Nagasaki).

August 9, 1974 – President Richard Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal.

August 11, 1965 – Six days of racial riots began in the Watts section of LA. The riots resulted in a reported 34 deaths, over 3,000 arrests and property damage estimated at $40 million

August 13, 1961 – East Germany put up the Berlin Wall separating West and East Berlin.

August 14, 1935 – FDR signed the Social Security Act.

August 14, 1945 – V-J Day commemorating Japan’s surrender, which marked the official end of WWII.

August 15, 1969 – The Woodstock festival began in Bethel, NY.

August 16, 1896 – Gold was discovered along the Klondike River in Alaska, precipitating what became known as the Great Klondike Gold Rush.

August 18, 1920 – Ratification of the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

August 21, 1959 – Hawaii was admitted to the Union as the 50th state.

August 24, 79 A. D. – The volcano, Vesuvius, erupted destroying the cities of Pompeii, Stabiac and Herculaneum.

August 24-25, 1814 – During the War of 1812 the British attacked Washington D.C. and burned much of the city, including the White House and the Capitol.

August 26, 1883 – One of the most catastrophic volcano eruptions ever recorded occurred on the island of Krakatoa in Indonesia. It produced tidal waves of 120 feet and killed 36,000 persons.

August 28, 1963 – Over 250,000 persons participated in the March on Washington in support of civil rights. One of the many speakers was the Reverend MLK, who gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 31, 1997 – Princess Diana died from injuries suffered in an auto accident while fleeing from pursuing paparazzi.

Birthdays – Francis Scott Key (wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”), 8/1/1779 in Maryland; Herman Melville (wrote “Moby Dick”), 8/1/1819 in New York City; Ernie Pyle (WWII war correspondent), 8/3/1900 in Dana, IN; Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (Jazz trumpeter), 8/4/1901 in New Orleans; (Quiz question #2 – Do you know the derivation of his very unusual nickname?); Raoul Wallenberg (saved 33,000 Jews from the Holocaust), 8/4/1912 in Stockholm; Barack Obama (44th US President), 8/4/1961 in Honolulu; Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet, wrote “Charge of the Light Brigade”), 8/6/1809 in England; Alexander Fleming (discovered penicillin), 8/6/1881 in Scotland; Herbert Hoover (31st US President), 8/10/1874 in West Branch, IA; Alex Haley (wrote “Roots”), 8/11/1921 in Ithaca, NY; Cecil B. DeMille (directed “The Ten Commandments”), 8/12/1881 in Ashfield, MA; Annie Oakley (sharpshooter), 8/13,1860 in Ohio; Alfred Hitchcock (British film director, “The Birds,” “Psycho”), 8/13/1899 in London; Fidel Castro, 8/13/1927 in Cuba; Napoleon Bonaparte, 8/15/1769, on the island of Corsica; T. E. Lawrence, 8/16/1888 in North Wales, Quiz Question #3 – Who played Lawrence in the Oscar-winning movie, Lawrence of Arabia?); Menachem Begin, 8/16/1913 in Poland; Davy Crockett, 8/17/1786 in Tennessee; Meriwether Lewis, 8/18/1774 near Charlottesville, VA; Orville Wright, 8/19/1871 in Dayton, OH; William Jefferson Clinton (42nd US President), 8/19/1946 in Hope, Arkansas; Benjamin Harrison (23rd US President), 8/20/1833 in North Bend, OH, (Quiz question #4 – He was the grandson of another president. Who?); Leonard Bernstein (conductor and composer), 8/25/1918 in Lawrence, MA; Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th US President), 8/27/1908 near Stonewall, TX; Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (aka Mother Teresa), 8/27/1910 in Yugoslavia.

Quiz Answers

1. Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria
2. The most likely story is as a youth Louis would dance for pennies in the streets of his home city of New Orleans. To prevent other boys from stealing the pennies he stored them in his mouth, which would then become so stuffed as to resemble a satchel. Someone dubbed him “satchel mouth,” which became shortened to “Satchmo.” Many of his friends called him “pops.”
3. Peter O’Toole
4. William Henry Harrison

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ANTI-SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN GERMANY

This blog should come with a warning label. It is based on a first person account of an American writer, William Grim, who has been living in Germany for some time. He found the degree of anti-Semitism to be appalling. For the record, he is not Jewish. He had no preconceived opinions or ideas. I strongly believe we should be mindful of what he has reported.

Many of you will find his account shocking and too incredulous to be true. As I read it, I, myself, was shocked. Based on my research for previous blogs, I knew anti-Semitism was still extant throughout Europe as well as many other parts of the world. (Some of you may recall my previous blogs on the subject that described anti-Semitic incidents and attitudes in France, Sweden, the UK and Germany, to name a few countries.) Special thanks to my good friend and loyal follower, Marvin, for bringing this account to my attention.

It is entitled “A writer’s view of today’s Germany.” The entire story is some 2,500 words, too long for a blog, so I have omitted some sections and paraphrased some others. Let me know if you want to read the unabridged version, and I will be happy to forward it to you.

Here it is.

“I’m not Jewish. No one in my family died in the Holocaust. For me, anti-Semitism has always been one of those phenomena that doesn’t really register on my radar, like tribal genocide in Rwanda, a horrible thing that happens to someone else.

But I live in a small town outside of Munich on a street that until May of
1945 was named Adolf Hitler Strasse. I work in Munich, a pleasant city of a little over a million inhabitants whose Bavarian charm tends to obscure the fact that this city was the birthplace and capital of the Nazi movement. This proximity to such evil brought a physical reality to the textbook narratives of the horrors perpetrated by the Germans.

After a while, little things started to happen that over a period of time added up to something very sinister. For example, one time I was on a bus and a high school boy passed around [his] Grandpa’s red leather-bound copy of Mein Kampf to his friends who responded by saying ‘coooool!’ He then took out a VCR tape (produced in Switzerland) of The Great Speeches of Joseph Goebbels.

A few weeks later I was at a business meeting with four young highly educated Germans who were polite, charming and soft-spoken to say the least. When the subject matter changed to a business deal with a man in New York named Rubinstein, their nostrils flaired, their demeanor attained a threatening mien, and one of them actually said: ‘The problem with America is that the Jews have all the money.’ They started laughing and another one said, ‘Yeah, all the Jews care about is money.’

I soon found that this type of anti-Semitic reference in my professional dealings with Germans was not unusual. In my private meetings with Germans it often happened that they would loosen up after a while and reveal personal opinions and political leanings that were thought to have ceased to exist in a Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945. Maybe it’s because I have blond hair and my last name is of German origin that the Germans felt that I am, or could potentially be, ‘one of them.’ It showed how much they don’t understand what it means to be an American.

Whatever the reason, the conversations generally had one or more of these components:

(1) It was unfortunate that America and Germany fought each other in WWII because the real enemy was Russia.
(2) Yes, the Nazis were excessive, but terrible things happen during wars, And anyway, the scope of the Holocaust has been greatly exaggerated by the American media, which is dominated by Jews.
(3) CNN is controlled by American Jews and is anti-Palestinian. (Yes, I know it sounds incredible, but even among the most highly intelligent Germans, even those with a near-native fluency in English, there is the widespread belief that the news network founded by Fidel Castro’s friend Ted Turner, who was married to ‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda, is a hotbed of pro-Israeli propaganda.)
(4) Almost all Germans were opposed to the Third Reich and nobody in Germany knew anything about the murder of the Jews, but the Jews, themselves, were really responsible for the Holocaust.
(5) Ariel Sharon was worse than Hitler and the Israelis are Nazis. America supports Israel only because the Jews control the American government and media.

For the first time in my life, then, I became conscious of anti-Semitism.
Sure, anti-Semitism exists elsewhere in the world, but nowhere have the consequences been as devastating as in Germany. The Free Democratic Party openly caters to Germany‘s sizeable Muslim population, and German revisionist historians have begun to redefine Germany’s actions in WWII and the Holocaust not as crimes against humanity, but as early battles against communism (with regrettable but understandable ‘excesses’). The situation has deteriorated to the point that German Jews are often advised not to wear anything in public that would identify them as Jewish because their safety cannot be guaranteed.”

CONCLUSION

Grim said a lot more, but as I said at the outset, his unabridged piece was very long, and I tried to paraphrase and streamline it for you.

Some of you may have perceived a rise in anti-Semitism in the US in recent years. There have been many examples of this, which I have also detailed in previous blogs and feel no need to repeat now. Jews have always been welcome in the US, and it seems that, despite the occasional anti-Semitic incident, they are “safe” for the present time. But, remember they were welcomed and safe in places like Egypt, Poland and even Germany for hundreds of years, until, one day, they were not.

Which brings me to my final point. Israel, though not perfect, is the only guaranteed safe haven for Jews in the world. It is the US’s only true and enduring ally in the volatile, and often hostile, Middle East. It is very important that we continue to support it and support politicians who do so while rejecting those who don’t (and we all know who they are).

LEFTIES

Despite the title, this blog is NOT about communists or socialists. Rather, the theme is people who are left-handed. Most of you, probably did not realize that August 13 was International Left-Handers Day as designated by “Lefthanders International.” This “day” has been observed annually since 1976. That’s right, or rather, that’s correct. Lefties have their own “day” and their own organization.

According to CNN left-handedness, or sinistrality, is derived from the Latin word “sinistra” meaning “on the left.” Through the years, sinistrality has been associated with weakness, impurity and/or evil. It is related to the word, “sinister.”

According to Wikipedia, between 7 – 10% of people are left-handed. LiveScience.com puts the number at 11%. The number has varied slightly throughout history and in different cultures. Regardless, lefties are rare.

One question that has perplexed scientists is what causes a person to be left-handed. Approximately 150 years ago Gregor Mendel discovered the concept of hereditary traits – dominant and recessive genes. As you probably remember from your high school biology certain traits have dominant and recessive genes, which are passed on to one’s children. For example, brown eye color is dominant and blue is recessive.

Handedness is not so simple. Dr. Barry Starr, of Stanford University, writing in the website, “Stanford at the Tech” explains that there are other factors that affect handedness. For example, studies have shown:

1. Even if both parents are right-handed there is a 1 in 10 chance that their off-spring will be a lefty.
2. If only the father is left-handed the odds are the same, but if only the mother is a lefty the odds rise to 2 in 10. Why the difference? Who knows.
3. Even if both parents are lefties the odds are only 4 in 10 that their off-spring will be left-handed.
4. Most astonishingly, identical twins, which share the same egg and have identical DNA are not always the same handedness. Dr. Starr points out that both twins would be left-handed only 76% of the time, not 100% as one might expect.

This seems to contradict what we learned about dominant and recessive traits in high school biology, and there is not agreement as to why. However, Dr. Starr points out that there are other factors in play, such as environment. He believes that besides genes there must be some sort of “environmental trigger” to cause one to be left-handed. What these triggers may be is uncertain, but Dr. Starr suggests that two of them might be the order of birth and gender of the child.

A 1996 study by the Harvard Medical School determined that people working in certain professions, such as surgeons, mathematicians and librarians, tended to be righthanded, whereas people working as artists, musicians and university professors tended to be left-handed. Another study indicated that lefties tend to have increased rates of high blood pressure, irritable bowel and schizophrenia. I have to admit that I’m not sure of the veracity of those studies, but they are interesting food for thought.

In any case, I’m not sure why there are so few lefties. I recall that when I was growing up parents would frequently try to convert their left-handed children to right-handed. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it did not. But, it often caused friction between the parent and the child, who would be resistant to the idea.

We all know people that are left-handed, but do any righties stop to think of the inconveniences they endure in their daily lives? For example:

1. Opening cans. Can openers are made for righties. I am not aware of any “left-handed” can openers. (Actually, it sounds like a bad joke.)

2, Writing. This has been mitigated by the widespread use of computers, but older lefties will recall the difficulties of writing on school desks, particularly those that had the side panel arm rest on the right side. Lefties had to write sideways or upside down. Moreover, when writing with a fountain pen a leftie would invariably smudge the ink or get ink on his clothes, fingers and hand.

3. Scissors. The simple task of using a pair of scissors to cut paper would be problematic for a leftie. Like everything else, scissors are made for righties.

4. Shaking hands. Some lefties find it awkward to shake hands with their “off” hand.

5. Spiral notebooks. These are uncomfortable for lefties, as their hand is always resting on the metal spiral.

6. Bumping elbows. If you’ve ever sat next to a lefty in a restaurant booth or other enclosed space you are familiar with this problem.

7. Bowling and golf equipment. This does not appear to be as much of a problem now, but when I was growing up it was next to impossible to find lefty golf or bowling equipment. Consequently, I have met many lefties of my generation who were forced to learn to bowl or golf righty.

8. Peer ridicule. Not so much now, but when I was growing up many child lefties were subjected to teasing or ridicule by their peers because they did things differently. According to NBC News a few years ago a pre-K teacher actually sent a four-year-old boy lefthander home with a letter stating that “lefthandedness is often associated with evil and the devil” Imagine, as a parent, receiving a letter like that? Peer ridicule is bad enough, but from a teacher?

On the plus side, in my experience most lefties can do many things righty, sometimes almost to the point of being ambidextrous. Conversely, most righties do nothing lefty and have a weak, uncoordinated left hand.

A website called “Anything Lefthanded” has put together a set of products deigned just for lefties to help them navigate through life. Some of the items include:

1. Lefthanded scissors (with reversed blades).
2. Lefthanded can opener.
3. Lead pencils with printing on the lefthanded direction.
4. Lefthanded pencil sharpener.
5. Lefthanded notepad.

Interesting.

CONCLUSION

Lefties take heart. In the pc age, your life has generally been made easier. Furthermore, there have been innumerable successful people who were lefty. A total of eight US Presidents were lefties, which significantly exceeds the average in the population as a whole: James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In addition, there have been thousands of successful and famous lefties in other fields. A small sampling would include entertainers, such as Don Adams, George Burns, James Caan, Matt Dillon and Sylvester Stallone; artists, such as Leonardo Da Vinci and LeRoy Neiman; and baseball players such as Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax and Ted Williams. (In fact, left-handed baseball players have a couple of advantages. Pitchers are very much in demand, because they are needed to get out left-handed batters, and even an average one can enjoy a long career. Also, lefthanded batters are a half step closer to first base.)

Lefties, please comment on your life experiences, either positive or negative.

BIDEN’S GAFFES

It is a well-established fact that Joe Biden is prone to gaffes and misstatements. He has been in the public eye for over 40 years, and during that time voters have seen, heard and read countless of them. Up until now the media and much of the public has largely given him a “pass.” The prevailing attitude has been “Oh, it’s just Joe being Joe.” Many of his supporters have characterized them as “charming” and “harmless.”

I’m not so sure about that. For instance, he once said: “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” I wouldn’t characterize that kind of comment as “charming” or “harmless,” especially from a presidential candidate. Even Joe, himself, has embraced his propensity for gaffes. Earlier this year he acknowledged he is a “gaffe machine.”

But, I submit that now things are different. First of all, he is running for president, the highest office in the land. As Senator he was able to get by due to his local popularity in the State of Delaware, his general likeability, and the fact that the office, though important, was only one of 100. As Obama’s VP he was running for the second spot on the ticket; the focus was all on Obama; few voters base their choice on the VP; it’s all about who’s running for president.

Secondly, Biden is now 76 years old. The gaffes reinforce the idea that he may be “slipping.” Anyone who has observed him on the campaign trail or in the debates would have to conclude that he doesn’t appear to be as sharp as he used to be. As reporters Dylan Stableford and Christopher Wilson, writing for Yahoo News, put it, he “may not have the stamina for what would likely be a brutal campaign against President Trump.” Then, if he were to be elected, the question would be could he serve as president effectively in what is probably the most stressful and highly pressurized job in the world. As President Trump succinctly put it recently: “He has lost his ‘fastball.'”

Now that Biden is campaigning more actively, the gaffes are coming more frequently and the media is starting to pay closer attention to them. For example, during the last few days while campaigning in Iowa Biden committed the following gaffes:

1. He inaccurately stated that as VP he met with some survivors of the shooting at Parkland High School. The trouble is that particular shooting occurred over one year after he had left office. In a vain attempt at damage control, as one of his campaign workers told “Bloomberg News,” he was likely confusing that incident with the Sandy Hook shootings, which did occur while he was VP.

2. During a speech he stated that “we choose truth over facts.” Huh?

3. He confused Margaret Thatcher (Britain’s former Prime Minister) twice, once with Angela Merkel (Germany’s PM) and again with Theresa May (Britain’s current PM).

4. During the last debate he stumbled over explaining the cost of “Medicare for all;” he confused the term insurance deductible with insurance co-pay; and most embarrassingly, he stumbled over instructing supporters how to text support for his campaign.

The foregoing are just some examples. Taken singly, one could argue that each one was minor. “What’s the big deal? Everyone stumbles over his words once in a while.” The problem is that these are part of a pattern. Cumulatively, minor gaffes become a major problem.

CONCLUSION

Despite the gaffes and poor debate performances Biden is still leading the Dem field comfortably. For example, a Survey USA poll released in the last few days has him at 33%, compared to Sanders at 20% and Warren at 19%.

Many observers, however, including me, have doubts that he will be able to sustain his lead and secure the nomination. I believe that the “proof in the pudding” will come as the campaign ratchets up, people start voting in the primaries, the scrutiny of the media becomes more intense, and the candidates begin attacking each other, in earnest.

Perhaps, the greatest fear among Dem Party insiders is that Biden secures the nomination and then is unable to handle the sustained pressure of campaigning against Mr. Trump in the general election. After all, the Dems may be fighting among themselves now, but, make no mistake, their primary goal is to defeat Mr. Trump. Right now, in a weak field of flawed candidates Biden gives them the best chance of doing so, but prospectively, maybe not. Time will tell. Stay tuned.

IF NOT TRUMP, WHOM?

You are a moderate Democrat. You have always voted Democrat. You come from a family of loyal Democrats, stretching all the way back to FDR and the New Deal. The Party is part of your DNA. Voting Democrat is so engrained in you that you voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though you disagreed with many of her policies and disliked her, personally.

Now, however, you face a dilemma with respect to the 2020 election. You don’t particularly like President Trump, especially his penchant for tweeting whatever seems to come into his head, but you are in accord with most of his policies, such as the tax cut, support of the military and police, securing our borders, job creation, and his strong support of the American worker. The only problem is he is a Republican, and you have always voted Democrat, always, no matter what, often without giving it a second thought. My God, you even voted for Carter, Dukakis and Kerry!

The problem is you don’t recognize the Party anymore. There are over 20 candidates and to your mind, none of them speaks for you. Each one is severely flawed. Among the major candidates, you have always liked Joe Biden, the front runner. But, the current edition is not the Joe Biden you remember. His public appearances have been extremely worrisome. He seems unsure of himself, fumbling, stumbling and bumbling through his answers to even simple questions. Furthermore, he did poorly in the debates. He seemed indecisive and weak. At 76, it appears he is “losing it.” Moreover, like the other candidates you feel he has been pandering to the far left voters, and that makes you very uneasy.

From what you have seen, the political views of all the other candidates, especially Sanders and Warren, are geared toward Socialists rather than traditional mainstream moderate or even liberal Democrats such as yourself. How can you trust that any of them, if elected, will moderate their policies? The situation makes you very uneasy, and you have a hard time justifying voting for any of them.

Additionally, you don’t like that they label anyone who disagrees with them a racist, a white supremist, or a misogynist. Not only do they label President Trump as such, but also anyone who voted for him, contributes to his re-election campaign, or supports him in any way. They condone, or at least, do not condemn, indiscriminate harassment and violence against Trump supporters by ANTIFA thugs and others. According to them, roughly half the country falls into the above categories. That seems counterintuitive to you as neither you nor, as far as you know, any of your family and friends has ever met such a person. This lack of tolerance troubles you greatly. Haven’t these people ever heard of the Bill of Rights?

Additionally, they are being aided and abetted by a media that you feel is strongly biased toward the left. You used to be a loyal viewer of CNN, but lately all they talk about is the “racism and white supremist” attitude of Mr. Trump and his supporters. Perhaps, Mr. Trump’s claim of fake news is correct after all.

They are appealing to voters’ basest instincts. You cringe at the thought of any of them running the country. Whatever happened to the Party of FDR, JFK, LBJ and Bill Clinton. This is not it, and these candidates do not reflect your values and politics.

Moreover, they don’t offer realistic plans to resolve the issues you care about, such as income inequality, border security, the runaway cost of healthcare, and student loan debt. They seem to care more about illegal immigrants than Americans.

For example, most, if not all, of the candidates have endorsed the following:

1. Open borders, or at least considerably relaxed enforcement of immigration laws.

2. Free healthcare for everyone, including illegal immigrants.

3. Free college tuition.

4. Forgiveness of student debt.

5. Unrestricted abortion, even post-birth.

6. The Green New Deal.

7. And, to pay for all these goodies, a tax increase and a wealth tax.

You like free stuff as much as the next guy, but you are extremely bothered by these policies. You are not stupid. You know there is no such thing as “free.” Someone will have to pay for all this. You know that these programs will cost many trillions of dollars per year. In fact, no one has the foggiest idea of the total cost. There are not enough “rich people” to pay for it all. Guess who will be footing the bill? That’s right, the middle class. These policies will bankrupt the country.

CONCLUSION

So, to sum up, you are in a quandary. As a lifelong Democrat, you do not want to vote for Mr. Trump, but you are extremely vexed by the direction of the Dem Party. But, if you do not vote for Mr. Trump for whom would you vote? For whom could you vote?

Upon reflection, you realize that there is no one else. The politician whose policies are aligned most closely with yours is Mr. Trump. None of the Dem candidates is representing the traditional moderate Democratic policies you treasure. You feel betrayed. The Party of the middle class, the blue collar workers, and the downtrodden Americans has become Socialist and is more interested in helping illegal immigrants than its own citizens.

So, guess what? On Election Day you will do the unthinkable. You will break with a lifetime of tradition and pull the lever for Donald Trump, a Republican. You’d rather not, but you have been left with no choice. You will not tell anyone; they would probably not understand anyway, but you will do it.

In my opinion, the story of the fictional voter I described above will be repeated millions of times on Election Day. After all, why would anyone but a hardcore Socialist or a clueless person vote for any of the Dem candidates? And, folks, that is why Mr. Trump will win re-election handily and, perhaps, in a landslide reminiscent of Johnson-Goldwater, Nixon- McGovern, or Reagan-Mondale.

TRUMP AND RACISM

The leading Dem presidential candidates and their allies in the media, aka “the nuts,” would have you believe the country is rife with racism, Nazism, white supremacy, and misogyny. The president, they say, is guilty of all of the above. His rhetoric and actions are responsible for all that’s bad and divisive in the US. Furthermore, anyone who voted for Mr. Trump or supports him is also culpable.

According to the nuts Mr. Trump and his supporters are evil, immoral, and deplorable. Some of them even claim the country was founded on racism and white supremacy, is severely flawed, and needs to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch according to their socialist ideals.

Wow! Let’s all take a breath. Yes, there was racism in our past, but by any objective measure we have come a long way as a society. Long gone are the days of slavery, “Jim Crow,” and Native American persecution. We have elected an AA president, twice; we have many minorities and women in the Congress, the Supreme Court and in local government. Minority business leaders, clergy, athletes, actors, and musicians are praised and respected for their achievements the same as whites. Interracial dating and marriage is commonplace. Alternative lifestyles are accepted in most places. Unemployment is at historic lows, particularly among minorities, women and teenagers. If the US is so flawed why are tens of thousands of migrants trekking thousands of miles with their young children, or, in some cases, sending their young children alone in the company of “coyotes,” to enter it?

With respect to Mr. Trump, I will stipulate his incessant tweeting can be problematic, at times. But one needs to look past what he says and focus on what he does. His actions speak loudly. He is not a politician, who measures his words carefully; he is a businessman who says what he thinks and speaks plainly and frankly. He has condemned Nazis and WS; he is married to an immigrant; he has a Jewish son-in-law; he has employed many females and minorities in his businesses and his Administration ( e. g. Nikki Haley, Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Sanders, and Ben Carson); and his policies have benefitted minorities greatly.

Some of these nuts are probably sincere in their beliefs. They actually believe their rhetoric. Others are trying to score political points. Others are just plain ignorant or think that you are for believing their rhetoric. Some of the media types are just trying to “stir the pot” to get ratings or sell newspapers. But, frankly, most of them are just simply full of s..t. Their statements are inane, nonsensical, illogical and dangerous. Read on, and I will show you.

I am 74 years old, and in all that time, to my knowledge, I have never met a white supremist. Never. Moreover, I could count on one hand the racists and all the other “ists” I have met, and those were many years ago, in a different time. How about you? How many have you met? I would wager, not many, certainly not in the last 40 years or so. Where are they all? I’ll tell you where. They are in the imagination of these nuts. Yes, I’m sure there are a few. In every society there are a few outliers, misfits, and extremists. But, to claim the president and half the country are racists? Come on! These people need to get out of the coastal bubble in which they live. Mix with the public. Go to a mall, a movie, a McDonalds, a Wall Mart. Fly in a public airplane. Get some perspective.

According to the nuts, whenever something bad happens it is Mr. Trump’s fault. There have been dozens of examples of this in the past three years, but below please find a few of the most recent:

1. Extreme weather? Trump’s fault for not “taking climate change seriously.”
Income inequality, divisiveness, problems at the southern border, crime, “racist” cops, ICE deportations of illegals, gun violence? Trump again. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

2. The recent shootings in Dayton and El Paso are Trump’s fault even though the Dayton shooter was an avowed supporter of ANTIFA and a Warren supporter. Do I think that makes Warren culpable? No. Is Sanders responsible for one of his supporters shooting a Congressman at a softball game last year? No. In my opinion, these shooters were part of the fringe crazies I referred to earlier. Political beliefs are not the primary cause. There are crazies on the right, the left and in between.

2. The Dem candidates were quick to try to score political points from the Dayton and El Paso tragedies. They pounced even before the bodies were buried. O’ Rourke and Booker blamed Trump’s “rhetoric.” Joe Biden, not to be outdone, accused Trump of “fanning the flames of white supremacy.”

3. Congressman Joaquin Castro disclosed the identities of hundreds of Trump donors. Outrageous? Yes. But, understand, the left views those with opposing political viewpoints not as dissenters, but as evil, immoral, and racist. And, once you attach those labels to another person there’s no more discourse, no more healthy exchange of ideas. If you disagree with me, you are evil and immoral, and all’s fair in combatting evil and immorality.

4. Irresponsible media outlets, such as CNN and MSNBC, have been trotting out one moron after another to spew controversy, hatred and divisiveness. For instance, MSNBC contributor, Malcomb Nance, accused Trump of sending “subliminal orders” to neo-Nazis. Nicole Wallace, former communications director under Bush, accused Trump of “planning the genocide of Hispanics.”

However, the “winner” was former FBI counterintelligence officer, Frank Figliuzzi, who opined on MSNBC that President Trump’s respectful gesture to order flags flown at half mast until 8/8 was a subliminal signal to Nazis. Huh? It seems that the letter “h” is the eighth letter in the alphabet. Therefore, “8 8” stands for “H H,” which, as we all know, stands for “Heil Hitler.” Got it? Now, does that sound rational to you. You can’t make this stuff up.

All this nonsense would be laughable, except some people probably believe it. By the way, how does MSNBC permit these idiots to go on the air?

5. The latest ploy is to label anyone who supports Mr. Trump or contributes to his re-election campaign as a racist and white supremist and, consequently, fair game. Since those people, who are merely espousing a different political viewpoint, are “evil” Castro’s action was deemed acceptable by the left-leaning media. The unruly and potentially violent mob that congregated outside of Mitch McConnell’s house a few days ago is a prime example, but there have been many others in recent months. Ironically, many of those compromised donors are Hispanics and AAs who likely also supported Obama. How do they fit the WS narrative? The answer is, they don’t, but that little detail is being overlooked. Sooner or later, someone will be killed, and, of course, it will be “Trump’s fault.”

CONCLUSION

In my view, the country is in a very dangerous period. Violence is replacing honest discourse and debate. This country was built on the latter, not the former. Remember the Bill of Rights?

I know it’s early, but it looks like Mr. Trump will likely get re-elected. Those who have studied history know it is very difficult to defeat an incumbent president, particularly when there is peace and a strong economy, which we have presently. Also, the leading Dem candidates are being exposed. Biden seems befuddled and lost. Harris has been exposed as a disingenuous phony by fellow candidate, Tulci Gabbard. According to the latest Q Poll her support is melting like an ice pop in July. Her support among AAs is down to 1%. Warren and Sanders are being exposed as thinly-disguised socialists. Booker, Mayor Pete, and Beto have no serious support and no prayer in a general election. The others are not worthy of discussion. Who’s left? No one.

If you think the left is fomenting violence and divisiveness now, wait until Trump wins re-election. Normal, law-abiding folks beware. I’m afraid the left will simply not accept the results. As bad as things are now, and make no mistake about it, they are bad, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”